Huntsville sees hottest July on record


It was certainly a hot July not only for Huntsville but for the entire Tennessee Valley. Temperatures throughout the month mostly ranged from 90 to 100 degrees; with heat index values ​​reaching nearly 110 degrees or more! For the Huntsville area, in particular, there were only three days with temperatures below 92 degrees.

In terms of precipitation, most of the region experienced very dry conditions, with parts of far northern Alabama experiencing moderate drought conditions. Although it rained the last two days of July, it did not even reduce our rainfall deficit.

Huntsville Statistics

Looking closer at Huntsville, it was the hottest July on record. The average temperature, combining low and high temperatures, was 84.2 degrees. This year beats the old 1930 record by just 0.3 degrees; the average temperature was 83.9 degrees. The hottest day was the fifth when the maximum was 100 degrees and the “coolest” day was the fifteenth when the maximum was 84 degrees.

As far as rainfall goes, Huntsville didn’t see much in July. With an upper level ridge controlling the area for much of the month, this really limited the chances of significant rainfall. The official rainfall total for Huntsville was just over an inch and a half; 1.62 inches. Like many others, we ended the month with abnormally dry conditions.

Muscle Shoals Stats

While Huntsville had the hottest July on record, Muscle Shoals had the fifth hottest month. The hottest July on record occurred in 1980, when the average temperature was 85.4 degrees. The hottest day was the 8th when the maximum temperature was 101 degrees and the coolest day was the 18th when the maximum temperature was 84 degrees.

Muscle Shoals was one of the few places to see a decent amount of precipitation, with a rain deficit of just 0.82 inches. Although the rainfall total was nearly 4 inches, parts of the region are experiencing moderate drought conditions.

To see what August has in store for us, read meteorologist Aaron Ayer’s article!


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